Huge meth, fentanyl lab hidden behind storefront seized in Mexico

Huge meth, fentanyl lab hidden behind storefront seized in Mexico

October 26, 2020

Authorities in Mexico broke up a large-scale, clandestine meth and fentanyl lab — hidden behind a storefront that advertised industrial cleaning products, federal prosecutors said Sunday.

The building, on the outskirts of Mexico City, was actually a warehouse packed with stacks of drums and 265-gallon tanks holding chemicals — capable of manufacturing up to 11,000 pounds of raw product at a time, authorities said.

“In the Attorney General’s Office, we have no record of any seizure of equipment of this size before,” said Felipe de Jesus Gallo of the federal Attorney General’s office.

Video of raids in the operation, dubbed “Blue,” shows a warehouse of the same color, where soldiers and cops from Mexico City detained an engineer who allegedly built and operated the lab.

Instructions of how to process fentanyl — which is up to 100 times stronger than morphine — were also found, authorities said.

More than 639 pounds of meth with a “high level of purity” was also confiscated from a lab in the northern state of Sonora, where evidence showed that individuals connected to the operation were tied to the Sinaloa drug cartel, authorities said.

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